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Robby Anderson isn’t the biggest name among this year’s free-agent wide receiversthat title belongs to either Amari Cooper or A.J. Green. He likely won’t get the biggest contract, eitherat least in terms of average annual salary.
But Anderson is perhaps the most interesting case among wide receivers hitting the market, for a few reasons.
The first is Anderson’s age. Once you get past the fantasy of Cooper playing anywhere but Dallas in 2020, the high-end potential free agents start piling up birthdays. Green is 31. Emmanuel Sanders is 32. Anderson, by comparison, is just 26in theory, his best football lies ahead of him.
The second is Anderson’s not inconsiderable talents. Anderson has yet to hit the 1,000-yard mark in a season, but as one AFC scout told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Anderson’s combination of size and speed has him on the radar of a number of wideout-needy NFL teams.
“I don’t know if he’ll ever be a No. 1 receiver, but he’s 6-3 and can fly,” the scout said. “He’s not really just a deep threat anymore. He’s got the size and hands to do a lot more. He’s shown he can. He’s been about a 50-catch, 800-yard guy, but he’s only 26 and there’s a feeling that he can do a lot more in the right scheme.”
The third is that while Cooper isn’t going anywhere and Green may not either, Anderson has made it clear (per Vacchiano) that he wants to see what he’s worth on the open market before making any decisions about his future.
Anderson may not get the biggest wide receiver deal of 2020, but among pass-catchers who switch teams, he’s a good bet to set the pace at the position.